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Event coverage

Drift Union Invitational 2015

Twas the night before DUI, and all through the track, not a turbo was spooling, not even a braaaap.
The cars were loaded on their trailers with care, in hopes that drivers would soon be there.
Drivers and spectators all nestled in their beds, with dreams of tires smoking in their heads.

When morning arose, drivers and media gathered around, to that old familiar sound of Shawn’s bullhorn that rang so loud. Drivers scurried to their cars, as media took to the track, everyone was happy that they were all back. As track layout was made, media took to their place, then we all watched as tire smoke was made. The mayhem began, no drift trains were delayed, here at DUI, tires are slayed.  

What was that name again? Musky Stipulations.........nah......HA! Husky Situations, that's it!  All aboard the Husky Situations train, these guys know how to party.

What was that name again? Musky Stipulations.........nah......HA! Husky Situations, that's it!  All aboard the Husky Situations train, these guys know how to party.

The mastermind behind DUI himself, Shawn Browne. One of many drivers meetings throughout the weekend.

The mastermind behind DUI himself, Shawn Browne. One of many drivers meetings throughout the weekend.

  Ok that’s enough of the childhood poetry mash-up, I’m surprised that I even managed to make that work for as long as it did. 

  This was my second time at the Drift Union Invitational, and it has been a long anticipated wait. In a sense you can relate that exciting countdown up to DUI, as that childhood anticipation until Christmas day arrives. The Drift Union Invitational is that one main event that I look forward to once every summer, and I’m pretty sure those who know what DUI is all about, we’re all in the same boat about this event. It’s incredibly chaotic, full of mayhem, unbelievably hot at times, and a sensory overload.



Aside from being the mastermind behind DUI, Shawn also throws down from time to time. Also the winner of the reverse entry competition, in a good sense of humor some say this victory was rigged, but we'll leave the judges to that.

Aside from being the mastermind behind DUI, Shawn also throws down from time to time. Also the winner of the reverse entry competition, in a good sense of humor some say this victory was rigged, but we'll leave the judges to that.

Drivers meeting #? I've lost count, well not many meetings happen, but with the super hot weather that weekend, it was easy to forget the most simple things.

Drivers meeting #? I've lost count, well not many meetings happen, but with the super hot weather that weekend, it was easy to forget the most simple things.

 Once a year on a hot summer’s weekend, the Drift Union Invitational takes place in Penticton BC at the Penticton Speedway. For those of you who don’t know what the DUI (Drift Union Invitational) is, and no it’s not that kind of DUI. I’m just going to go out on a limb and say that DUI is the cat’s meow of grassroots drifting events in Western Canada. Now to start off about the invitational, this event usually consists of the same teams from prior years, it’s an event where you’ll find some pretty talented drivers who know how DUI works and what to expect. That being said, for new drivers you can’t just come waltzing on in and expect to be a part of it, you have to earn this opportunity. It’s like opening that Wonka Bar and finding the golden ticket which grants you access to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. But in this case, Shawn Browne is Mr. Wonka himself, the DUI is his chocolate factory, and as for the current golden ticket holders……well they’ve earned it. 

   I’ve never had so much fun shooting at an event, the DUI is strictly about having fun in a fairly relaxed atmosphere. Actually I should add to that, even though it’s all about having fun, friendly competition does happen. Team tandem battles go down, along with what was done differently this year was the reverse entry competition. But aside from those two competition layouts, the DUI is a place where fun is had, tires are slayed, and friends just hang out having a rad time. Basically it’s one big ol family reunion without your drunk uncle making a scene at the dinner table.

Take that massive automotive corporations, here at DUI we even have one autonomous drifting Miata. "LOOK MA, NO HANDS!"

Take that massive automotive corporations, here at DUI we even have one autonomous drifting Miata. "LOOK MA, NO HANDS!"

Team Mellow Yellow throwing it down on the rowdy express.

Team Mellow Yellow throwing it down on the rowdy express.

    Now if you missed this year’s DUI, all I can say is that you missed out, ya gone messed up! Not that I’m trying to make you feel guilty for not being there, but things happened…..lots of things, and if you were there, you would know. Like I said before, chaos and mayhem everywhere, EVERYWHERE! And FIRE! Yeah things happened, but not everything was captured in my shots. At times I just found myself caught up in all the action that is happening and forget to do what I should be doing, which is taking pictures.

Not everything goes as planned. But hey, this is the invitational, so lets get cozy.

Not everything goes as planned. But hey, this is the invitational, so lets get cozy.

   But you have to be there in person to truly understand how intense the DUI can be, and how it is such a sensory overload at times. So for next year’s DUI, don’t miss it, make reminders, have a countdown in your calendar, get a tattoo on your forehead so when you look in the mirror you’ll know. This event usually happens on the last weekend of June, but you can also visit driftunion.com or follow Penticton Drift Days on Facebook and you’ll find all information you’ll need to know. Aside from that, I’ve already started my countdown till DUI 2016 and wouldn’t miss it for the world. Enough trying to explain about the DUI, I’m not always the best with explaining things, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking from here on in. 

   Also before I forget, and you go on checking out the pictures, because everyone loves pictures. A huge thank you to Shawn Browne for putting on such an incredibly successful event, a huge thank you to all of those that helped Shawn with making this event happen, to all the drift teams and drivers, and everyone involved with media. I believe I've covered all the bases, but if I have forgotten to give a shout out to anyone, thank you too! Can't wait till DUI 16, let the countdown to mayhem begin.

Drift Union Invitational 2015 gallery

Tyler Adair